Perry Null Trading:
How did you get involved with making jewelry?
Harrison Bitsue:
I was born into it. My grandfather began teaching me when I was a little boy.
Perry Null Trading:
How long had your family been making jewelry?
Harrison Bitsue:
My grandfather was Charlie Bitsue. He was always a silversmith, he can be found in some of the early books about Navajo jewelry. Trader C.G. Wallace gave him lots of work, he would make the silver housing for the Zuni inlayers.
Perry Null Trading:
Who else in your family is a silversmith?
Harrison Bitsue:
My father Albert made jewelry, and many in my extended family make jewelry like Harry Morgan and Robert Chee.
Perry Null Trading:
Do you remember your first piece of jewelry?
Harrison Bitsue:
When I was 7 I made my first cast pieces, they were rings and najas.
Perry Null Trading:
So you grew up at home on the Reservation?
Harrison Bitsue:
In the summers, during the school year I went to Utah. The Mormons recruited kids from the Reservation to live with families in Utah. That way we could get better educations.
Perry Null Trading:
Did you like going off for school?
Harrison Bitsue:
It was ok, but if I could do it again I would of rather stayed with my family and my culture.
Perry Null Trading:
So have you been busy with work?
Harrison Bitsue:
It has been very busy, and I keep telling myself I am going to make some new designs. However, I can not find the time.
Perry Null Trading:
Do you use any of the old designs?
Harrison Bitsue:
Yes, I still use designs my grandfather had.
Perry Null Trading:
Is this what you wanted to do as far as a working career?
Harrison Bitsue:
My grandfather gave me advice when I was young, “silversmithing is like a savings account, it is going to help you one day.” I am happy with what I do and will pass it on to my children.


Available art from: Bitsue, Harrison